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Issue Position: Cancer Research

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In my years representing New York's third congressional district, I have been a steadfast advocate for increased federal funding for cancer research programs.

I was a cosponsor of the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, which advances medical research and treatments into pediatric cancers, ensures patients and families have access to information regarding pediatric cancers and current treatments for such cancers, established a national childhood cancer registry, and promotes public awareness of pediatric cancer.

In my years representing Long Islanders, I have been a steadfast advocate for increased federal funding for cancer research programs.

I was a cosponsor of the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, which advances medical research and treatments into pediatric cancers, ensures patients and families have access to information regarding pediatric cancers and current treatments for such cancers, establishes a national childhood cancer registry, and promotes public awareness of pediatric cancer.

The Department of Defense (DoD) conducts many innovative cancer research programs. Last year, I led support letters for the following DoD programs:

* Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program
* Peer-Reviewed Prostate Cancer Research Program
* Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Kidney Cancer research

I also supported the DoD Peer-Reviewed Ovarian Cancer Research Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Program. The CDC program was originally authorized in the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act or Johanna's Law, a bill that I cosponsored.

Sponsored Legislation

This Congress I am reintroducing the Taxpayers' Cancer Research Act. This bill would add a new check-off box on the income tax return to allow for a $5 contribution to a special breast and prostate cancer research fund. The trust fund would be used to make qualified research grants for the purpose of conducting research with respect to breast or prostate cancer. This would allow taxpayers to increase the funding of the National Cancer Institute, which will in turn enable the NCI to increase their research grants to the medical community.

Cosponsored Legislation

National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2013 (H.R. 225): I was an original cosponsor of this legislation which passed the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013. If enacted into law, this would enhance provide the infrastructure, training and support for pediatric research by establishing National Pediatric Research Consortia to standardize collection and sharing of data related to the diagnosis and treatment of pediatrics.

Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act: This legislation would establish and implement a Pancreatic Cancer Initiative to assist in coordinating research and planning activities.

PROSTATE Act: This bill would improve access to effective and cost efficient diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer through advances in testing, research, and education
Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship & Quality of Life Act: This legislation would reauthorize and expand the National Cancer Institute's pediatric cancer research and awareness program to include enhanced research on pediatric cancer survivors.

Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act: This legislation would provide for the establishment of a Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer to identify initiatives and coordinate activities to permanently eradicate this disease.

Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act: This legislation would require group and individual health insurance coverage and group health plans to provide the same coverage of oral anticancer drugs as intravenously administered cancer medications.


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